BPF receives opportunities for participation in programmes and shows within mainstream media, scholarships, fellowships, leadership programmes, political engagement programmes, participation in surveys etc. on a regular basis. These will be shared with our members on this page and members should respond directly to the contact person and application method described under each individual opportunity given below.
These opportunities are open to all members, are merit based, available at different locations and on different compensation basis (if applicable) which will need to be confirmed directly with the organization concerned.
We will update these opportunities on a regular basis.

Currently the following opportunity is available:

1. Patchwork Foundation: Masterclass Programme 2018 – Applications Open!

The Patchwork Foundation Masterclass Programme 2018 allows young people from underrepresented groups to meet and learn from senior figures at the top of their profession. Successful Masterclass applicants will have the opportunity to learn from, develop skills and question experts within politics. They will get exclusive sessions with decision makers, politicians and journalists whose places of work span Westminster, Whitehall and beyond. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

This unique Masterclass Programme which takes place over 10 months (January – October 2018) will enable young and underrepresented people the opportunity to;

This unique Masterclass Programme which takes place over 10 months (January – October 2018) will enable young and underrepresented people the opportunity to;

• Engage through 6 interactive Masterclass sessions;
• Learn from leading politicians, civil servants, CEOs and editors;
• Attain unique political insights through #GetInvolved sessions;
• Network to realize their potential; and
• Develop skills to thrive both personally and professionally.

Masterclass topics will include political campaigning, broadcast media and politics, Civil Service careers, leadership and policy amongst others. Tutors who taught Masterclasses in 2017:

• Alaistair Whitehead (Private Secretary, 10 Downing Street)
• Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Former Prime Minister of Denmark)
• Jess Cunnliffe (Speechwriter, 10 Downing Street)
• Lord Gus O’Donnell (Former Cabinet Secretary)
• Lorna Gratton (Private Secretary, 10 Downing Street)
• Mark Sedwill (Permanent Secretary, Home Office)
• Melanie Dawes (Permanent Secretary, DCLG)
• Nick Watts (BBC, Political Editor)
• Patrick Hennessy (Director of Communications, Mayor of London Office)
• Rt Hon Justine Greening MP (Secretary of State)
• Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP
• Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP (Conservative Party, Chairman)
• Sarah Sands (Editor, Evening Standard)
• Sir Lynton Crosby AO (Political Strategist)

The Masterclass Programme has found great success, as graduates from the Masterclass have gone on to pave careers in the Civil Service, Westminster, Charities and NGOs. We believe that the Masterclass Programme enriches and changes the lives of those involved. We strive to make improve our Programmes and assist as many of our talented young people as possible.
Entry requirements;
Applicants that meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

• Please note that this programme is open to candidates residing in the UK between 18 and 30 years old.
• Are proactive and committed to making the most out of the whole programme
• Able to give time for Masterclass sessions (5 hours a month approx.)
• Have an interest in British Politics or Civil Society
• Able to commute to London for Masterclass sessions

Application process:
Applications will close on the 13th December 2017.
• Those successful at the first stage of recruitment will be required to attend an assessment day in London (week commencing 15th January 2018).

Interested candidates please apply here:

2. South Asian Diaspora Philanthropy Survey, December 2017

BPF is also supporting the British Asian Trust, in partnership with Philanthropy Age and YouGov, on the South Asian Diaspora Philanthropy Survey to better understand the giving of the South Asian Diaspora. The survey will give insights into key giving trends including information on priority causes, donation sizes, media influences and motivations for giving. The survey also presents an opportunity to ask some important questions that will help not-for-profits and the charitable sector to work more effectively with the South Asian Diaspora.
Your responses will help us better understand your priorities when it comes to charitable giving. The survey takes a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. It would be great if you could help us understand the philanthropic giving of the South Asian Diaspora by completing this survey.

As an additional incentive, everyone who completes the survey has the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win gift vouchers worth £150!

To start survey please use this link: https://g4-emea.yougov.com/vf1jtNDFD90Rdl?mc_cid=9bdf4ee597

3. TechWomen, Apply by 17 January 2018

TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities. Through mentorship and exchange, TechWomen strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key networks of professionals, and expands girls’ interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models.

TechWomen, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, brings 100 emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program based in San Francisco. During the five-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Host companies this year included Google, Twitter, NASA Ames Research Center, and many others.

In 2017, the TechWomen program expanded to include emerging female tech leaders from Pakistan for the first time. The 2017 TechWomen fellows of Pakistan included video game designer Sadia Bashir, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Space Technology Zainab Saleem, and eight other inspiring young female professionals. We are excited to once again welcome Pakistani applicants for the 2018 program!
Applications are due January 17, 2018. We are looking for women who have demonstrated themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen profession, through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities and education. A full list of the eligibility requirements is available on our website.

Apply by January 17, 2018 here:

4. Opportunity to support MAITS for their rural Sindh project for vulnerable children!

British Pakistan Foundation is supporting MAITS, the international disability charity, for a project that supports some of the most vulnerable children in rural and urban areas in Sindh District.  MAITS supports children with conditions such as autism and cerebral palsy in developing countries, who do not have access to the type of support and education that they deserve and support for their parents too. MAITS works to make change from within the local community, working with local partners and supporting them through training, resources and capacity building.

MAITS have 19 days to raise £14,050 for a project to improve access to support for families and children by training local therapists to train their Community Health Workers in South Asia.  They are fundraising specifically for the project in Pakistan, but are also running the project in Nepal and planning on expanding to India too. If you can help them reach their target, they have from 12th  – 30th March to raise this money or more!  Please check out the link below and you can read more about how they are training therapists to increase support to carers and better signposting within their local communities:

https://www.globalgiving.org/ projects/support-for-those- with-disabilities-in-pakistan/